The Steps I Took To Address My Fear Of Amusement Rides
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I finally got over my fear of rollercoasters

It's not so hard after all!


Throughout my entire life, I've always been genuinely terrified of amusement rides. In fact, I can't even recall the last time I went on one, until this past weekend.

Yup, that's right.

On Sunday, I conquered FOUR rides and, despite being a bit nauseous afterward, I felt amazing. I wouldn't have overcome my fear if it wasn't for my supportive girlfriend and our other friend, both of whom assured me that I wouldn't die and that everything would be okay.

We spontaneously decided to take a trip to Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, which is located about a half hour from my house. My girlfriend has been trying to get me to go on rides with her for over a year now, but I've always stubbornly declined. But this time, I was feeling adventurous.

I wanted to do something new. I wanted to overcome my fear.

That's where the difference lies between the past and present. I'd never actually wanted to go on a ride. I was perfectly content with watching other people flying up and down, side to side, for the sake of a temporary thrill.

But this time was different.

I WANTED to participate.

I WANTED to confront my fear.

I WANTED to have fun.

With this in mind, the rides weren't so intimidating after all. I simply strapped in, prayed I wouldn't die, and let the rest of the experience unfold naturally.

And guess what? I did it!

It may not have been some big scary roller coaster, but that's beside the point. This experience opens up a door of new opportunities for me in the future. I'm no longer hesitant when it comes to rides, and I can now join my friends when they go to Six Flags for an afternoon of fun.

If you also have had trouble addressing this fear, don't lose hope. There is no way to mentally overcome your fear. You must take action by strapping in, allowing yourself to freak out a little (but not too much), and letting the ride do its job.

Nothing bad will happen, it's all in your head. Just remember to let loose and have fun!

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